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CSF Is CL’s Best BPLS Implementer [ Monday | 18th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando (P) was once again recognized as Central Luzon’s most successful local government unit in the institutionalization of business permits and licensing system by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Incorporated (CLGCFI) last April 15, 2016.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the award during the 10th Recognition of Outstanding LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor’s Permit held at Holiday Inn Hotel, Clarkfield Pampanga.

San Fernando was recognized for its “institutionalized efforts” in fostering an investor-friendly environment and encouraging the growth of business and investments by reducing the turn around time and cost of doing business in the issuance of business permits and licenses.

As the region’s fastest LGU in processing documents, the city now houses more than 8,000 businesses.

The city government was also named as a finalist in the Best LGU in Customer Relations and Most Outstanding LGU for I.T. Innovations.

Meanwhile, the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines awarded plaques of recognition to the city for leading the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index wherein San Fernando was rated in the following criteria: Economic Dynamism, 10th place; Government Efficiency, 3rd place; Infrastructure Development, 5th place; 2nd place in the Overall Competitiveness Component City category.

“I am very happy for this award, this means that all our efforts are effective but we do not stop here, this will serve as springboard for us to improve our performance and prepare ourselves for the opportunities brought by ASEAN integration” said Mayor Santiago.

He disclosed that the city is vying for the second hall of fame award of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Most Business Friendly LGU.

San Fernando Honors Solo Parents [ Thursday | 14th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, through the initiative of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, conducted Tuesday a Solo Parents’ Day aimed at recognizing the role of every ‘single parent’ in the society.

Some 300 Fernandino solo parents from all 35 Barangays participated in the activity held at the Heroes Hall.

Mariconne Reyes, Solo Parent-Focal Person, said the program seeks to familiarize solo parents with various programs offered by the local government such as the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (Sea-K) program of DSWD.

"SEA-K is a livelihood assistance program which aims to enhance socio-economic, entrepreneurial skills of poor families, including solo parents. Aside from that, we also involve them in various skills training," Reyes added.
The city ensures to provide benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children in compliance with Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, applauds every solo parent for their hard work and sacrifices in raising each of their families and sustaining the education of their children.
“Single parenting is not easy for it entails filling the role of both mother and father in the family. Kung hindi ka matatag at masipag, hindi mo kakayanin maging solo parent,” Santiago furthered.

Meanwhile, the CSWD has awarded “Gawad Parangal sa mga Natatanging Solo Parents.” to three exceptional solo parents namely Antonette Cariño (Brgy. San Pedro), Gina Alvis (Brgy. Lourdes) and Rizalina Abaya (Brgy. Sto Niño).

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‘Natatanging Solo Parents’. Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago leads awarding of ‘Gawad Parangal sa mga Natatanging Solo Parents’ during the Solo Parents’ Day held April 12 at the heroes hall.

Solo Parents’ Day. Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago lauds Fernandino single parents for their efforts and sacrifices in raising their families during the Solo Parents’ Day held April 12.

CSF Named ‘2016 Tanging Bayani Ng Kalikasan’ [ Thursday | 14th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando was named ‘2016 Tanging Bayani ng Kalikasan’ by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Human Resources Management Foundation Incorporated for its outstanding achievement in the area of clean air act and climate change.

San Fernando is one of the four awardees, under the Local Government category, of the first Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards held April 13 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City. Other recipients are Quezon City and the provinces of Cavite and Rizal.

PMAP President Jessie Rebustillo said their organization seeks to recognize individuals, corporations and institutions whose efforts have significantly contributed to climate change mitigation.

“The PMAP, with 1,500 corporate members and 25 chapters nationwide, is the only association that promotes professional people management practices at the workplace and corporate social responsibility in the communities where member companies are located.”

“This is the highest achievement award in the field of environmental management given by our institution” he added.

Through the initiative of San Fernando’s Environment and Natural Resources Office, the city has fully implemented various ordinances aimed at protecting and preserving the environment.

The city has also gained numerous recognitions for having committed to the implementation of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management and enjoining all 35 barangays to contribute in solving garbage problems.

In his message, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago expressed his profound gratitude to the members of PMAP for recognizing the efforts of the city towards a sustainable, greener community.

“This award inspires us to strive even better in the pursuit to preserve mother earth,” Santiago added.

Fernandinos Commemorate 74th Death March Anniversary [ Thursday | 14th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Hundreds of Fernandinos gathered at the historical Train Station in this city on Friday to commemorate ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ which marks the 74th Anniversary of Death March.

A wreath laying ceremony, led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, took place at the Death March marker as a tribute to World War II heroes who gallantly fought for the freedom of the country.
During his speech, Santiago applauded members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines who were present in the activity for their significant contribution in the history.

“Mahalaga na kilalanin at pahalagahan natin sila para hindi natin makalimutan ang kasaysayan, lalo na ng mga kabataan,” Santiago said.

He also underscored the importance of ‘united effort for patriotism and nationalism’ for which the youth of today’s generation play a significant role. “Pagkakaisa at pagmamahal sa ating bansa ang kailangan,” Santiago added.

Meanwhile, winners of the ‘Oldest World War II Memorabilia Contest’ were also announced during the activity.

Norman Tuazon bagged the 1st place for his ‘Infantry Drill’ collection while Mercy Tuazon and Jude Pangilinan were awarded 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
All entries are displayed inside the train station. The exhibit is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Also present during the commemoration were members of the Masonic District RIII-A, Pampanga Masonic Lodge #48, United Architects of the Philippines-Sinukwan Chapter, Far East Chapter Order of Demolay, Ms. Earth-Philippines candidate Korina Christiene Reyes, private sectors, department heads, and beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students.

CSF Launches School-based Dengue Vaccination [ Thursday | 14th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office, launched Thursday its school-based dengue vaccination held at San Fernando Elementary School.

More than 1,000 Grade 4 pupils from the said school receive their first of three dose of vaccine ‘Dengvaxia’ which is considered as the world’s first vaccine against mosquito-borne dengue virus.

Program Coordinator, Dr. Renely Tungol said that some 5,700 Grade 4 students from all public schools in the city will be given free dengue vaccine this month.

“We started administering the vaccine last April 4 and we are glad that no negative reactions were reported, so far.”

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago urged the public to support the campaign of the Department of Health aimed at eliminating the number of dengue cases nationwide.
224 dengue cases were recorded by the CHO from January of this year, resulting to a 35 % increase compared with the same period in 2015 with only 165 cases.

“We are lucky to be one of the pilot receivers of this free vaccine. We need your support to ensure that children are protected against dengue,” Santiago said.

Meanwhile, the next dose of dengue vaccine shall be administered after six months.

Fernandino Couples Tie Knots On Valentine's Day [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Ninety-four Fernandino couples exchanged marriage vows during a mass wedding rites in the annual ‘Kasalang Balen’ held February 14 at the Heroes Hall.

This year's event was organized by the City Community Affairs Division in collaboration with the City Civil registry.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago solemnized the wedding ceremony and stressed that marriage is a key component in nation-building.

Job Hunting Made Easier For Fernandinos [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Seeking for a job is 'just a click away' with the City Government of San Fernando’s adoption of Department of Labor and Employment’s latest innovation called job search kiosk (JSK).

JSK is a touch-screen, ATM-type equipment which stores information of thousands of job opportunities from in and out of the country.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received this brand new machine from DOLE Pampanga Chief Arlene Tolentino, during the flag raising ceremony held February 15. Witnessing the turnover were Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Angie Hizon and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre.

Having been committed in sustaining the city’s employment rate, San Fernando is the first recipient of a systematically upgraded JSK among the 22 cities and municipalities in Pampanga.

“This innovation marks another milestone in our governance. With this machine, Fernandinos are ensured of a functional job matching and skills registry system; moreover we are helping employers who want to hire more manpower from the city” said Mayor Santiago.

For her part, Tolentino explained that the system is aided by the Bureau of Local and Employment (BLE) PHILJOB.NET icon. “This feature gives a comprehensive list of job openings from various local and overseas companies.”

She underscored that the opportunity to work abroad is also made easier through the collaboration of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) which sets a list of available careers from all over the world.

Mayor EdSa Lauds Fernandino Teachers [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago lauded the teachers in the City of San Fernando for their priceless contribution to progress and development during the Bayaning Guro Awarding program held at the Red Rickshaw Restaurant last February 9.

He described the teachers as unsung heroes who unselfishly do their job with compassion and love.

“Teachers are one of the most unsung heroes in the society. Their days always start at the school and throughout the day, they unselfishly teach as teachers and care for our children like their very own” said Mayor Santiago.

Among those who received commendation from the city government were 140 public school teachers who were detained and maltreated during the 1980 local elections and some 38 teachers who were about to retire this year.

The awardees also received two thousand pesos as grants from the city government.
Also present in the program were City Councilors BJ Lagman, Angelica Hizon, Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, and Ayzel Macalino.

The event was in lined with Kaganapan 2016, the LGU’s celebration for its 15th cityhood anniversary.

Harvest Festival Held, Mayor Santiago Pushes For Long-term Food Security [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago joins residents and some farmers in reaping the fruit of their labor during the ‘Harvest Festival on Organic Vegetable Production ‘held February 26 in Brgy. Del Rosario, City of San Fernando.

The ‘Gulayan sa Baranggay’ project in Del Rosario was initiated by Brgy. Captain Reginaldo David in cooperation with the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office.

CAVO Officer-in-Charge Cristina Sangumay said residents started planting during the last quarter of 2015. CAVO, for their part, assisted farmers from identification of land; land preparation; planting up to the harvesting period.

“We also provide seedlings, fertilizer and tools. All interested may directly coordinate with us,” she added.

For his part, Mayor Santiago urges officials from other barangays to engage in organic farming, this after the success of the project in Brgy. Del Rosario which is the pilot area.

“Our City aims to promote long-term food security. We can certainly sustain our needs if we plant,” Santiago stressed.

Meanwhile, also present in the activity were 3rd District Representative Oscar Rodriguez and Committee on Cooperatives and Agriculture Councilor Nelson Lingat.

Fernandinos’ Pets Show Off Talents [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

More than 40 pet owners gathered to showcase their pet’s talents and skills in this year’s “Pet Mo, Show Mo!” which was organized by the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO).

Mayor Edwin Santiago, Kaganapan 2016 Chair Alex Magsino and Vice-Chair Robby Hizon graced the event held at the Heroes Hall this morning.

On its 5th year now, the activity garnered a total of 47 entries which includes 43 dogs of different breed, 2 fowl and 1 cat.

Pet owners had the opportunity to dress and display their pets as the competition was also divided into four major categories namely: Glamour and Style; Tough and Glory; Cool and Dandy; and Intergalactic category which showcased different domesticated animals other than dogs and cats.

CAVO Officer-in-charge, Christina Sangumay explained that the event aims to promote responsible pet ownership. She also stressed the importance of complete vaccination to ensure the safety of the pets and their owners as well.

“The city offers free anti-rabies vaccination which is given every 3 months and we also conduct deworming on a quarterly basis,” Sangumay added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago, who is also a pet enthusiast, furthered that ‘pets should be treated like human beings and must be considered as companions’.

Santiago also cited that under the city’s 2008 Code of General Ordinances, no person shall let go astray of animal/s in any public or private place in this city. Therefore, animals shall be properly impounded.

Meanwhile, winners of each category were given P3, 000 worth of cash prizes and freebies from pet service businesses in the city were also given away.

CSF, Red Cross Ties Up For Bloodletting Activity [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The local government, in cooperation with Philippine Red Cross, held its Voluntary Blood Donation Activity at the city hall.

Members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and some government employees participated in the activity.

With the theme “Dugo ko, karugtong ng buhay mo”, the city aims to collect more than 50 blood bags to ensure the sufficiency of blood reserve in its respective Rural Health Unit.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago lauds all the blood donors for their volunteerism. “You are all considered heroes for serving as instruments in saving others’ lives,” he added.

Mayor Santiago also disclosed the city’s plan of coming up with an Executive Order to create a Blood Council before this month ends. This move will make it easier for the health experts to look for possible blood donors that will match the need of the patients in case of emergencies.

The city’s blood unit mostly caters patients infected with dengue, suffering in cancer, and even those who undergo surgical operations.

Dr. Renely Tungol, Rural Health Physician and Voluntary Blood Donation Coordinator said the activity aimed at promoting voluntary blood donation for it also has a good effect in the donor’s health.

“It’s good for our body to donate blood. It stimulates the body to produce blood cells,” she explained.

The bloodletting activity is lined up for Kaganapan 2016 in celebration of the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando.

CSF Sets Schedule For ‘Kaganapan 2016’ [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City has its schedule loaded with various activities this February as ‘Kaganapan 2016,’ a celebration in line with the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando, kicks off.

Mayor Edwin Santiago yesterday led the unveiling of calendar of activities for this year’s affair.
It was followed by a simultaneous clean-up drive participated by members of the LGU and volunteers from private sectors.

The activities lined-up for the first week of February include the Photo Exhibit at SM Downtown (February 1-7); Food Agro Industrial Trade Fair in front of the city hall (February 3-6); Thanksgiving Mass (February 4); and the commencing of the ‘Palarong Empleyado’ (February 5).

One of this year’s highlight is ‘The Outstanding Fernandino Awards’ which will take place at the Heroes Hall on February 4.

Meanwhile, thousands of unemployed ‘Kabalen’ will also have the opportunity to pursue a career through this year’s City Job Fair at SM City Pampanga happening on February 6.

February 9, on the other hand, will be filled with back to back events such as the Launching of ‘Kasalesayan ning San Fernando’ Coffee Table Book; Launching of Star ka San Fernando Tour and Teacher’s Heroism Day.

The city has also set health-related activities like Blood Letting (Feb 10), Fernandino First Rainbow Run II (February 12) and Cycling Caravan (February 13).

Be entertained as the Pet Mo, Show Mo happens on February 11 followed by Harana sa Kababaihan on the 12th.

Moreover, the Kaganapan 2016 shall conclude on Valentine’s day as Fernandino couples tie the knot in the annual ‘Kasalang Balen.’

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